On Monday at their regular Common Council meeting, the Council will consider a resolution to oppose the most recent DOT proposal to eliminate traffic lights on Route 9.
The bipartisan resolution sponsored by leading Democratic and Republican council members Tom Serra and Seb Giuliano reads as follows:
Approving that, unless and until the Common Council is formally included in the design and
review process for the State of Connecticut’s Route 9 project, the Common Council is, and
will remain, opposed to the projects and any others that may be brought forward; and that
given the range of potential adverse impacts that may result from this project, the Common
Council opposes the aforesaid State of Connecticut’s Route 9 redesign projects, and will
take all steps needed to protect the overall health, safety, and general welfare of the City
and its people, especially those in the North End as well as to protect the social, cultural,
economic, physical, industrial, recreational, and commercial elements and values of the City
as a whole.
Council leaders have been petitioned by Planning and Zoning Commission member and chair of the P&Z Stephen Devoto (full disclosure: Devoto is a writer and editor of the Middletown Eye), to include the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Education in the list of city boards and commissions to be consulted in consideration of any Route 9 project.
Devoto cites state statute in his plea to have the P&Z involved. According to state statute:
Sec. 13a-57a. Consultation with municipal officers in planning of highway within municipality. Whenever the Commissioner of Transportation is engaged in the planning of any limited access highway, interchange or connector to be located within the limits of any town, city or borough or consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough he shall consult, to the fullest extent possible, with the chief executive officer and the planning commission, if any, of such town, city or borough or consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough so as to conserve, preserve and, if possible, enhance the environment by insuring through such consultations that the proposed works will have the least adverse impact on the environment.
The DOT did not consult the Common Council, the P&Z, the BOE or any North End community groups before presenting their most recent plans for Route 9. The mayor and the Director of Planning were consulted.
Community members who would like to speak about the plan, its effect on Middletown and Middletown's neighborhoods are invited to speak at the public session during the Common Council meeting. The meeting will be held in City Hall council chambers Monday April 2 and begins at 7 PM. The public session is held at the beginning of the meeting.